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And the truth will set you free! We love wine. Nothing new there, but it has been our mission statement to find the producers who actually “put their hands in the dirt.” On occasion we must tip our cap and acknowledge an earnest effort. The Arrumaco Garnacha Rosé 2021 does not have a romantic story, or even a family behind it and certainly no dirty hands. Dan Kravitz is the founder and leader of

FORGET EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT VINHO VERDE. The always pleasant, refreshing, somewhat fizzy, simple white wine can be more, oh so much more. We’ve found a bottle to shout from the proverbial rooftops about, and as our luck would have it, just in time for summer. Quinta das Arcas 'Arca Nova' Vinho Verde 2020 is the perfect patio pounder white for your summer lounge chair. Esteves Monteiro began his family’s winery in the early

Wednesday, June 15th 6:30pm The South of France – Set up your Summer with crisp rosé, patio pounder whites and those grillin’ n chillin’ BBQ reds.     Classes to be held at: Heritage Hotel and Convention Center 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 06488

“Ridiculously easy to drink.” We can’t take credit for the use of this phrase to describe this bottle, but we can agree that Josh Raynolds nailed it when he described the Lechuza Garanacha 2019. Consuelo and Jesus Gonzalez and their family have farmed vineyards between Madrid and Toledo for generations. Mentrida is home to old vine Garnacha. The Lechuza is made from vines grown in high altitude, granitic soil vineyards with extreme diurnal shifts

Sometimes you just gotta keep it simple. One might even say tidy. In this case we say TYDY. The Thierry Delaunay Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is a perfect “here comes the warm weather” Spring white wine. Located in the heart of the Loire Valley, the Delaunay family have worked their vineyard land since the mid-twentieth century to produce natural, fresh, and classic Sauvignon Blancs. Pale yellow in color with green tints, this is an expressive

You can walk into ANY liquor store and be befuddled at the literal sea of product you are confronted with. In 2001 in the weeks leading up to my family purchasing a liquor store in Monroe, CT my father took us on a road trip to "look" at other retail establishments and get a sense of the journey we were about to embark on. One such place was Central Liquors in Flemington, NJ. Although

130 years ago, Miguel Escorihuela Gascón set out to become one of Argentina’s finest winemakers. We’d say he made it. In the years since his endeavor, the Gascón family name has grown to be synonymous with prestige and respect. Fast forwarding one and a quarter century later, we were presented with Escorihuela 1884 Malbec 2019. It hails from Mendoza, Argentina’s most well-known, but also a large grape growing region with varying degrees of quality

Three generations of the Zemmer family have farmed the vineyards near the village of Cortina in the lowlands of Alto-Adige. Peter Zemmer started the winery back in the late 1920s and today the winery and vineyards are managed by the founder’s nephew. This area is perfect for grape-growing.  An essential “set it and forget it” location where abundant sunshine, mountain streams and aerated soils lend itself to conditions that require little human influence. The

When it comes to wine, there’s an important concept that we try to adhere to when we’re deciding what wines to stock in our shop.  Terroir (pronounced “tare-WAHr”) used to be a pretty novel concept reserved for wines of elevated status and most likely from traditional, old world wine growing regions.  I mean, how difficult can it be to grow a grape vine?  They’re pretty vigorous, meaning they will pretty much flourish anywhere.  Well,